Stevenson Trail

Hike on the GR®70 Stevenson trail from Puy-en-Velay to Ales through Auvergne and Cevennes region via Haute-Loire, Lozere, Ardeche and Gard departments. Guest House, Bed and Breakfast, Hotel, Camping, Inn.

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Robert Louis Stevenson

GR®70

Stevenson trail

From Le Puy-en-Velay (Haute-Loire) to Ales (Gard)

271 km

 

Hiking on the Stevenson Trail GR®70 IGN

 

Stevenson trail GR®70 elevation

 

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Distance: 270,82km, Elevation maximum: 1699m, Elevation minimum: 128m, Elevation gain uphill: 7460m
IGN Maps: Le Puy-en-Velay (2735E). Le Puy-en-Velay Yssingeaux (2835OT). Solignac-sur-Loire Cayres (2736E). Gerbier de Jonc Mézenc Vivarais (2836OT). Langogne (2737E). La Bastide-Puylaurent (2738E). Largentière la Bastide-Puylaurent Vivarais Cévenol (2838OT). Mont Lozère Florac PN des Cévennes (2739OT). Corniche des Cévennes PN des Cévennes (2740ET). Alès (2840OT).

 

 

Accommodation & Shops
Goudet: Hotel de la Loire, M. Blanc, 06 64 81 28 14, 04 71 57 18 41, Email

The hotel offers 21 modest and very pleasant rooms. The restaurant offers menus from 10 to 20 €, a varied menu and specialties on order (pierrade, raclette, fondue) .A room is planned for your banquets, weddings and business meals.
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Alleyrac: L'Ecole Restaurant, Bar, Pizzeria, Grocery store, 04 71 00 20 62, 06 70 20 85 63, Email
The former Alleyrac school has been transformed into a bar restaurant pizzeria since 2018. Lucie and Sylvain will be happy to welcome you warmly and make you discover local products or their native region. Also in the establishment a grocery store, bread, stamp, gas, etc ...

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La Bastide-Puylaurent: L'Etoile Guest House, 06 83 99 70 86, Email
Former resort Hotel built in 1926 in the architectural style typical of the "Roaring Twenties", L'Etoile Guest house is a mountain retreat in the South of France. Beautiful park along the Allier River. Bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. Private parking.

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Chasserades: Hotel des Sources, 04 66 46 01 14, Email

In a warm atmosphere, the Hotel des Sources welcomes you in a pleasant natural setting where you can enjoy calm and serene nature without restriction. Generous regional cuisine.
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Anduze: Taxi Roche CVN, Transport of people and luggage, 06 89 08 47 36, Email, Facebook
Located in the heart of the Cévennes, we can transport you from stage to stage on all the routes of the GR61, GR67, GR70. Possibility of guarding your vehicle or transporting it to your place of arrival. Departure and return from station: Alès, Nîmes or Montpellier. Open all year round 7/7 - 24/24.
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Ales: Le Mazet du Port'Ales, M. Portales Christian, 06 87 74 02 90, 13bis av. General Larminat, Email
Port'Ales mazet operates as a stopover gite with its down and bathroom linen (sheets and linen optional). Kitchen and bathroom are at your disposal, as well as a bedroom with 4 single beds. You will enjoy the garden and the swimming pool.

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Accommodation

Registration

If you own an accommodation or a business on or near the GR®70, you can appear on GR®70-Stevenson

For your registration, you can send me by email (papadimitriou4@gmail.com): your address and phone number, your website (Facebook page), a brief description with 5 beautiful photos of your establishment.

Registration price : € 15 per GR® or GRP® and per year (12 months) or € 60 for 5 years. Renewable.

 

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On 22nd September, 1878, the young Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson, (RLS), set out on foot from Monastier sur Gazeille in the Haute-Loire with his donkey Modestine. 12 days, 220 kms and many adventures later, he arrived at Saint Jean de Gard. He had a twofold objective - to try and forget his love for Fanny Osbourne, the beautiful American woman who he in fact eventually married some years later - and to explore the countryside of the Camisards, the French Protestants, from the rugged and isolated Cevennes region of southern France.

He wrote an amusing account of his journey and a long distance footpath (GR 70) has been devised with the object of letting us walk in Stevenson's footsteps. We will read about Stevenson's adventures as we have our own.This beautiful trail follows footpaths, ancient bridleways and drove roads and fits conveniently into a fortnight of walking. We start in the Velay area and then move through some of the remotest countryside in France strewn with beautiful old historic villages.

After Velay we move into the Gevaudan area and then the Cevennes, protected by National Park status, and rising above the plains of the Languedoc and the Mediterranean. The Cevennes is a maze of deep valleys with winding rivers of clear waters and hill slopes covered in forests of sweet chestnut along with the mulberry which was planted in days gone by for feeding the silkworms bred in the mills called magnaneries.

A country of rebellion and tradition, the Cevennes gradually reveals a bit more of itself at each bend in its glorious footpaths. In the latter stretches of the walk we arrive at the land of the Camisards, infamous for 100 years of fighting between Protestants and Catholics in the Middle Ages.

Step by step, follow the path taken by the famous writer of " Treasure Island" from the volcanic plateaus of the "basse Auvergne", the Gevaudan and the Mont Lozere, through the outstanding scenery of the Cevennes to the Camisard area and St Jean du Gard.

In preparation read "Travel with a donkey in the Cevennes" by Robert Louis Stevenson, as well as the topo-guide GR®70 "Stevenson's Way" and "Cevennes" by Kenneth White.The route is mainly at a height of about 1000 meters, from North to South. To get there you go through the Loire, the Allier, the Lot and the Tarn. The trip ends with Mont Finiels (1700 m.) and the Signal de Goudes (1400 m.).The route begins at Le Puy en Velay and goes along the volcanic plateaus of the Velay. Afterwards you enter the Gevaudan having crossed the Allier. This is the region where, according to the legend, a monster lived, among heather, rocks and pines.Mont Lozere, where upright stones mark the route for hikers, forms the third part of the journey. From this stony view-point one can see the Cevennes and the "bas-Languedoc" and as far as the Mediterranean Sea. The path pushes into the Cevennes in the land of the Camisards.

You will be surrounded by terraced chestnut-trees.The richness of its flora and fauna is notable. Since the reintroduction of wild vultures, beavers, wild sheep and big "Tetras" the biodiversity is even greater. Some areas have been recolonized by otters, black woodpeckers, Teungmalm owls, eagles, horned owls, etcIn Haute-Loire and Lozere department from Monastier-sur-Gazeille to Pont-de-Montvert, winters last a long time, the spring does not really start until the beginning of June. The best time to hike on the Stevenson trail is from late May to late September.

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L'Etoile Guesthouse between Cevennes, Ardeche and Lozere in the South of France

Old romantic Hotel, L'Etoile Guest-House is a mountain retreat in the South of France. With a beautiful park along the Allier River, L'Etoile Guesthouse is located in La Bastide-Puylaurent between Lozere, Ardeche and Cevennes. Many hiking trails like GR®7, GR®70 Stevenson trail, GR®72, GR®700 Regordane way, Cevenol, GRŪ470 Allier River Springs and Gorges, Margeride, Ardechoise. Many hiking loops. The right place to relax.

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